SPRING GROVE — Spring Grove wrestling coach Tony Miller is always looking for ways to get his squad some experience.
Coming off a season in which his Rockets finished third in the York-Adams League Division I standings, the goal is for his squad to be as battled tested as possible come late January. Miller found a good opportunity to do just that when his team played host to Central York on Thursday night.
While the Panthers may not be at the same level as other divisional squads, such as South Western, Red Lion or New Oxford, the visitors are certainly no push-overs, either.
That made for a pretty entertaining evening, with several bouts that could be termed as mild upsets mixed in throughout. Most of them, however, went the way of Miller’s squad, which pulled out a 45-22 victory.
“It’s still early in the season,” Miller said. “You ask the kids to get better, and throughout the tournaments and our dual meets, that’s what’s happened.”
Jared Barley (195) and Josh Cribbs (220) came up with back-to-back pins for the Rockets midway through the match to give the home team some needed separation. Those falls came moments after the Panthers pulled to within 23-19 after a major decision from Isaiah Dickson at 182.
While the pins are easy places to look at as difference makers, Miller pointed out a couple of matches that went the other way as good building blocks, even if the results weren't overly positive.
“We knew some of our guys were going to go after some of their better guys and we just asked them to do their job,” Miller said. “And I commend them … Davin (Pifer) and Ryan Daugherty going out there and doing a heck of a job against bigger kids.”
Pifer drew the unenviable assignment of taking on Central standout Dylan Chatterton at 145. The perennially tough Chatterton scored a fall in just 38 seconds, while Daugherty fell to Dickson 14-5 at 182.
Perhaps the only toss-up bout in the later stages of the contest that didn’t go Miller’s way was a very entertaining heavyweight bout. Spring Grove’s Andrew Lawson outweighed Central freshman Michael Wolfgram by a significant amount. The Panther heavyweight, however, was able to wear down Lawson at the end before claiming a 4-3 victory.
“I don’t really like to talk about how much weight (Wolfgram) is giving up,” Central coach Seth Beitz said. “I don’t want that to be a focus-point. He’s just another kid in high school and he just needs to go out there and wrestle.”
Wolfgram had a tough time trying to take down Lawson, but he was able to score a reversal in the third period to claim the lead. Lawson didn’t have much left to battle back as the final horn sounded, but Wolfgram certainly did.
“Mike is unreal,” Beitz said. “He has a gas tank on him. Just two days ago he did an hour live-go straight. And as a heavyweight, let alone a freshman, he never got tired.”
Marcus Kehr (170), Clay Baker (106), Dalton Rohrbaugh (113), Chance Jackson (120), Jake Meyer (126) and Anthony Hinson (138) each added victories for the Rockets on the night. Xavier Musti (132) and Steven Clawson (152) were victorious for the Panthers.
Kennard-Dale 42, Eastern York 39: At Fawn Grove, the home team won a wild one when Dameon Davis earned a 56-second pin in the final bout of the night at 106. It was a pin-fest for both teams. In addition to Davis, K-D got pins from Justin Camron Miller (133), Samuel Stewart (120), Mike Bracey (132), Wade Rose (145) and Jacob Rose (152). Eastern got pins from Nathan Robbins (126), Dakota Mackley (160), Carl Carbaugh (195), Jared Korb (220) and Wyatt Smith (285).
South Western 35, New Oxford 34: At Hanover, Owen Wherley earned a pin in just 1:27 to finish the match and earn the Mustangs the exciting home victory over the Colonials. His pin was one of four in the match for South Western, which also got pins from Gage Thomas (160), Tyler Osborne (170) and Dan Mummert (182). New Oxford got two pins in the match, coming in back-to-back bouts from Dalton Smith (220) and Brock Hartman (285).
Dover 47, York Suburban 33: At Suburban, the Eagles mounted a late-match rally, winning six straight matches to earn the road victory in a battle of York-Adams Division II foes. Dover won at 182, 195, 220, 285, 106 and 113, all by pins or forfeit, to erase a 30-11 deficit and open up a 47-30 lead with one match to go. Earning pins for Dover were Hunter Failor (138), Macrae Murray (182), Rahmeire Bradshaw (195), Cody Wagaman (285), Matthew Rodriguez (106) and Brandon Rodriguez (113). Colin Shelton earned the only match win for the Trojans in an actual bout at 120 to end the match. The other five bouts that Suburban won came by forfeit.
Dallastown 65, Northeastern 7: At Manchester, the visitors had little trouble with the Bobcats, racking up seven pins. Getting falls for Dallastown were Geoffrey Grim (106), Darin Wise (113), Gerald MacDonald (120), Yazir Dixion (132), Drake Pew (160), Dillon Callahan (170) and Cameron Green (182).
Hanover 58, York Tech 21: At Hanover, the Nighthawks won nine consecutive bouts at one point. Trey Wolfe (120), Ricardo Slazar (126), Caleb Garland (138), Donavon Holmes (145), Jordan Laughman (170), Justin Barnes (182) and Aaron Bowman (285) registered pins for Hanover. Kyle Ilgenfritz (195) and Kyiau Fake (220) earned pins for Tech.
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